On Écoute: Yael Naïm
Singer, songwriter, citizen of the world…
Born in Paris to Tunisian parents and raised in Israel, Naïm considers herself a citizen of the world. She returned to Paris at age 21 where she began composing her folk-pop albums with creative partner, musician-producer David Donatien.
Her musical career hit a high note in 2008 when Apple featured her whimsical song New Soul from her second album, making her an overnight success. Since then Naïm has performed her soulful tunes around the world, and continues to gain loyal fans.
When she was invited to co-perform Jacques Brel’s Quand on n’a que l’amour (When All We Have Is Love) at a memorial for the victims of the Paris attacks, she gave a moving tribute. Her fifth and most recent album, entitled older and released in France in March of 2015, was written in English, Hebrew and Creole. It has already earned Naïm a second Female Artist of the Year award at Les Victoires de la Musique, France’s equivalent of the Grammys.
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